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Operation MILF

I like to joke that 2008 was my year. I was 26, mostly single, and in the best shape of my life. After leaving a bad relationship in September 2007, I went from weighing 200 pounds to 160 pounds in 13 months. I was taking pole dance lessons two times a week and walk/running every other day. I never looked (or felt) so great.

2008

I knew having a baby would be hard, but I never imagined the toll it would have on my body. I didn’t exercise as much. I was more sedentary all day and night. I ate! I never stressed though. I figured how hard could it possibly be to lose the baby weight? Well, 80 pounds gained later, here I am.

Baby Shower
{Here I am with Dave at my shower. There were a lot more flattering pictures taken, but I think this really shows me at my heaviest. Eeks!}

I had Dax via c section on March 8th, 2012. I would say the first week I had to have lost close to 30 pounds. It was awesome and I wasn’t even doing anything hard. I was just trying to survive with a newborn. But then my weight stalled. I tried not to stress it out because 30 pounds lost is a SUPER BIG DEAL!!! Over the next few months I started to find my rhythm as a mom. I even lost 5 more pounds. Then I saw this picture of me on Facebook from my Uncle’s birthday party in July.

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Holy $&#@!!! That’s me!!! How is that me?!?!? I lost 35 pounds!!!!!!  How am I still HUGE?!?!

Well, 35 pounds is all great and good, but I was 253 pounds right before I had Dax. I was 174 when I got pregnant. That’s a 44 pound difference. In my head, I knew I still looked different, but it didn’t really hit home until I saw this picture. I was still eating like crap and I was no longer exercising. What did I think would happen?

It was after this that I decided to start Operation MILF. I knew I had a long journey ahead of me and if I didn’t do it with a sense of humor, I would break down and cry. I started (trying) to wear a little bit of makeup every day. I bought new and flattering clothes even though they were two sizes bigger than prepregnancy. I now drink more water. I also started journaling my food intake.

I love my son, but I lost a big part of my identity when I had him. I knew it was time to reclaim myself. Yes, I’m no longer the same woman I was last year, but that doesn’t mean I can no longer be happy with myself as a woman, not just as a mom.  I spend a lot of time on Pinterest looking at healthy transformation pictures and now I want to make 2013 the year that I can show my transformation pictures.

In December I decided it was time to take my healthy routine to a whole new level.  I’m tracking my calories through LoseIt and started using a Fitbit Zip to help keep me more active during the day.  I am in love with Back on Pointe and her amazeballs workouts!  This lady seriously keeps me motivated to exercise!  And speaking of motivation, I joined DietBet.com to keep me on track with my weight loss during these cold winter months.  It’s a whole lot easier to step away from the cake when you know you have money on the line! :)

I’ve lost 8 pounds since December and am really feeling great!  I’m motivated and positive and excited to keep on making steps towards all my goals.  I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but in the meantime, here’s a little attention whore post to show off my progress…

Progress

Stats:

Height: 5’10
Weight: 199
Weight loss to date: 54 pounds

~Christen


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